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Q: Eye of God-Hubble telescope photo ( No Answer,   4 Comments )
Subject: Eye of God-Hubble telescope photo
Category: Science > Astronomy
Asked by: pixel65-ga
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Posted: 08 Oct 2005 18:36 PDT
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Question ID: 578055
Re:The recent photo of the Eye of God from the Hubble telescope. 
The accompanying text states that this phenomenon happens every 3000
years with no further explanation. Do you have any information
regarding this?
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Eye of God-Hubble telescope photo
From: pinkfreud-ga on 08 Oct 2005 18:48 PDT
This may be of interest to you:
Subject: Re: Eye of God-Hubble telescope photo
From: iang-ga on 10 Oct 2005 02:22 PDT
As pinkfreud's link says, this isn't a "once in 3000 years" event -
it's there all the time.  The Helix nebula is an example of a
planetary nebula, so called because they can appear as disks in small
telescopes.  Planetary nebulae are formed at the end a star's life,
when it becomes unstable and starts blowing off the material you see
as the "eye" in the picture - maybe there's been a misunderstanding of
this unstable period?

If you go to the AstroPhotograph Of the Day website - and search for
the ring nebula, cats eye nebula and spirograph nebula, you'll find
loads of information along with some stunning pictures.

Ian G.
Subject: Re: Eye of God-Hubble telescope photo
From: cribmax-ga on 11 Oct 2005 16:28 PDT
don't know.
Subject: Re: Eye of God-Hubble telescope photo
From: toufaroo-ga on 19 Oct 2005 15:03 PDT
The nebulae destabilization eye of God phenomena are FORMED
approximately once every 3000 years, so techically, this is true.

However, all we have to do is to point Hubble around and look at any
of the other gazillion stars out there to potentially find more such

There is an eye out there somewhere, proving that they are indeed
watching you.  Sorry, bad joke.

A cool photograph nevertheless!!!

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